Thursday afternoon notes: Suspensions still the talk of the NHL

It seems like the early part of this NHL season has been all about big hits and the suspensions which result (or do not, as the case may be). Sure enough, today we have news of a major suspension coming to a Western Conference rival, and further discussion of the Jordin Tootoo ruling here in Nashville...

Top-Selling NHL Player Jerseys: Leading stars this holiday season | Hockey Gear HQ
One gift that's sure to put a smile on any NHL fan's face is a new hockey jersey, especially one with their favorite player's name and number. But which 10 players are selling the most right now?

Nashville Predators News

Tootoo Suspended for "Only" Two Games. Really. - Predlines
If nobody's happy, perhaps Shanahan did the right thing? I don't know, I thought 2 games was the right call.

Social Media Suite Night - Nashville Predators
The Preds are pitching a rather unique opportunity for those of you with $350 burning a hole in your pocket. You can watch Tuesday's game against Calgary from a suite, hob-nob with the Director of Hockey Operations, take your picture with Gnash and the Predators Dancers, and (wait for it) Bryan Mullen will actually tweet about the game live, in your presence!

Predators players and their dogs star in calendar photo shoot - Nashville Predators Examiner
Investigative reporter Jim Diamond goes behind the scenes...

The NHL is realigning, so enjoy the Predators-Ducks feud while it's hot - Nashville Scene
J.R. notes that roasted duck will become a rare treat under the realigned NHL.

To anti-gay conspirators, busted officials and legislators gone wild, we say: Occupy This! - Nashville Scene
In the Nashville Scene's "2011 Boner Awards", the Predators make two appearances.

Aaron Johnson talks Milwaukee experience (update) - Predators Insider
Josh Cooper checks in with the former Pred, who has found a new home in Columbus.

Preds hope to ‘wake up’ against Columbus - Predators Insider
Will a game against a bitter rival stir the Preds into a greater effort tonight?

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Sutton out of Oilers lineup indefinitely | Edmonton Journal
After leaving his feet to hit Carolina's Alexei Ponikarovsky the other night, Edmonton defenseman Andy Sutton faces a major suspension.

Tampa Bay Lightning W Marty St. Louis hit on (near) eye with a puck; likely out tonight vs. Rangers - Lightning Strikes
It looks like Martin St. Louis' consecutive-games streak could end tonight at 499.

Mark Giordano's Baked Hammy (A Guest Post) - Matchsticks and Gasoline
Here's a detailed look at the injury suffered by the defenseman during the Preds/Flames game last week.

Placing the NHL’s top scorers in context - Backhand Shelf
Outstanding stuff here, which makes Claude Giroux's season look even more impressive.

Minnesota Wild and Healthy Players - Now What? - Hockey Wilderness
We know how things turned once the Preds got healthy...

Brodeur is a Fraud: Dave Bolland and the Percentages
What happens when a hot playoff leads to a cool regular season.

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